Quotes by Gina Barreca

My mother thinks Mick Jagger is a foreign car.
- Gina Barreca
Like love, breakfast is best when made at home.
- Gina Barreca
The '60s had edge; the '70s had embroidery.
- Gina Barreca
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I regard other women as my community, not my competition.
- Gina Barreca
Laughing together is as close as you can get to a hug without touching.
- Gina Barreca
I'm pretty much done with mindfulness. I'm just going to start paying attention.
- Gina Barreca
My cat is older than many fashion models. I won't even discuss the fact that she also weighs more.
- Gina Barreca
We should learn to take genuine pride in a job well done and not expect praise for one simply carried out.
- Gina Barreca
Birthdays are a reward for having shown up 365 days in a row. It's like getting a badge for attendance.
- Gina Barreca
My longing to improve my looks via The Body Shop is being replaced by my longing to improve my looks via Photoshop.
- Gina Barreca
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Once we hit forty, women only have about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.
- Gina Barreca
From age 16 to age 20, a woman's body is a temple. From 21 to 45, it's an amusement park. From 45 on, it's a terrarium.
- Gina Barreca
If you believe that your best years are behind you, you've guaranteed they are; I'm going to dance into that good night, with the oldies turned up loud.
- Gina Barreca
For many of us, our proms were less Walt Disney's 'Cinderella' and more Stephen King's 'Carrie.' The less we spent on them, the better.
- Gina Barreca
If you know you can do it - if you can already chart every day in your future - then why bother? Choose to do something you have more trouble imagining. Take a chance.
- Gina Barreca
I see taking care of my emotional and mental health in the same way that I see taking care of a garment: After it's been through wear and tear, it needs attention.
- Gina Barreca
Women feel like we're fat if we can't wear the clothes we wore in high school. Men, in contrast, only start to feel fat only when they can no longer fit into a foreign car.
- Gina Barreca
Two things I do for maintenance: I get a manicure once a month, and I see my therapist about every six weeks. I am happy to report that, at this point, my nails crack more often than I do.
- Gina Barreca
Here's something women need to stop doing to other women: We need to stop asking each other to lower our fees, cut our rates or work for free because we're members of the same sex.
- Gina Barreca
Sometimes things can take a very long time and still not be very good. It took us all of evolutionary history just to get where we are today, for instance, and mostly where we are today is on the couch.
- Gina Barreca
I passed my classes because I displayed effort, not because I learned math. But how can we help young people understand life rarely gives partial credit for effort, especially if that effort doesn't lead to understanding or success?
- Gina Barreca
Recognizing your talents doesn't mean believing they're limitless. Accepting your strengths doesn't lead to pride, but instead to humility; you're less likely to resent what others have if you understand your own bounty.
- Gina Barreca
Almost 30 years ago, I started seeking help from a counselor with a master's of social work in New York City, but we were never a good match. It was like being in a bad relationship, except the guy could actually bill my health insurance company for lousy dates.
- Gina Barreca
It's not that diamonds are a girl's best friend, but it's your best friends who are your diamonds. It's your best friends who are supremely resilient, made under pressure and of astonishing value. They're everlasting; they can cut glass if they need to.
- Gina Barreca
Every patient tends to bury the most important story inside some other story, just the way new writers often 'bury the lede.' 'Burying the lede' is an old journalism term for when you only find out the real point about halfway into the article, but it also applies to therapy.
- Gina Barreca

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